Granola bars have always been a favorite. A quick and easy on the go snack perfect for snaking during busy schedules. But many granola bars actually have loads of sugar. As you’ve probably heard many time before, home cooking is the best way to reduce the sugar intake. So make a batch of these granola bars when you just really need a snack.
I’m using the mazing natural sweetener dates! Then mix in a whole lotta cashews, oats, cashew butter and honey! It’s so simple and you don’t even have to bake it. I took a few minute to toast the oats and cashews but that’s totally optional. I just prefer them a little toasted.
If you don’t have or want to use cashew butter simply switch it with peanut butter, almond butter or basically any other nut or seed butter. If you want to make them vegan use maple syrup or agave rather than honey. These are totally customizable. Once you know the basics such as needing dates and a type of syrup as sweeteners and a nut or seed butter for binding, you can play around with fillings all you want.
These bars are simply heaven. Simple flavors with beautiful ingredients, it a lotta yumminess in a single bare. It’s the perfect hearty snack. keeping you full during mid day snack cravings without the overload of sugar. It’s packed with healthy fats, fibre and protein. So you need a snack? These bars have got your back.
- 1 cup packed Dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup Honey (or maple syrup or agave)
- 1/4 cup Cashew Butter
- 1 cup roasted Cashews
- 1 1/2 cups toasted Rolled Oats
- Optional: Preheat the oven to 176 degrees celcius and toast the rolled oats and cashews until slightly golden brown.
- Process the dates in a food processor until it forms a “dough” like consistency.
- Place oats, cashews and dates in a bowl and set aside.
- Heat honey and cashew butter in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30 -40 seconds. Stir and pour over oat mixture and mix, breaking up the dates to disperse evenly throughout.
- Once mixed, transfer to a dish or small pan lined with parchment paper.
- Press down until flattened and cover with plastic wrap.
- Set in the fridge for 15-20 minutes until harden.
- Remove for pan and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container for a few days.
- Process the dates until it begins to stick together. Mine was a “dough” like consistency where I could roll it into a ball.
- Any pan would work for pressing the granola in. If your using a loaf pan, your bars will jsut be thicker in size.
- I used Artisan Organics cashew butter. I love the smooth and creamy texture of it but of course if you’ve got a preferred brand go aheads and use that!